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I7 3770K or GTX 680

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July 25, 2012 4:25:07 AM

I was going to build a gaming system. Which is better? a i5 3570K + GTX680 or a i7 3770k + GTX670. The price for each combo is about the same. I want some recommendations.

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July 25, 2012 4:29:33 AM

Depends on what you are going to do besides gaming.
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July 25, 2012 4:31:07 AM

im going to game, watch movies, record music. but mostly game
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July 25, 2012 4:33:26 AM

i5-3570k + GTX 680 is the better combo.
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July 25, 2012 4:38:02 AM

can i have a more detailed answer? such as why? is the difference in gaming fps better than the difference in processor performance? vice versa?
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July 25, 2012 4:40:04 AM

The difference between the 3570K and the 3770K is hyperthreading. Since no games can take advantage of this, it is simply useless.

Honestly, I'd go i5-3570K and a 670, then drop the extra money on an SSD or better cooling.

This is because the 670 only has a 3-5% performance difference than the 680, not justifiable for the $100+ difference in price.
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July 25, 2012 4:42:41 AM

For gaming a video card is usually more important, and a 3570 vs a 3770 in gaming is almost no difference. If you overclock them, they're basically on par in terms of gaming, that's why a better video card would all the difference. Gaming is rarely CPU limited, only when you have a total crap CPU paired with an awesome video card. Really the only difference between the 3570k and the 3770k is HT and slightly larger cache + 100mhz. HT doesn't do anything for gaming, and the cache rarely (but sometimes) has an effect. Therefore the GTX 680 is the better choice. But if I were you, I'd just OC my 670 and get a 3570 and save some money.
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July 25, 2012 4:44:53 AM

In my opinion a GTX 680 is a waste of money when you have a $100 cheaper EVGA GTX 670 FTW's beating most of them in most games.
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July 25, 2012 5:04:12 AM

The 3570 is more of a gaming processor. The 3770 has Hyperthreading, which is useful in terms of video editing and rendering, but its nearly useless in terms of gaming.

The 3570/680 would be better. But I'd just go with the 670, since the 680 isnt enough of a performance upgrade.
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July 25, 2012 6:01:28 AM

Also is a corsair cs600w power supply sufficient?
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July 25, 2012 6:19:21 AM

Yes it is for a single card setup. If you plan to SLI the GTX 670, a Corsair 750W would be a good PSU.
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July 25, 2012 6:39:56 AM

Both of the combos are good but you should really consider a third one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This HD 7970 is a bit more pricey than a GTX 670 but its also more powerfull than a 7970 GHZ Edition which in is more powerfull than a GTX 680.

If you are going to overclock i strongly recommend buying a Core i5 2600K.It's cheeper than a 3770K and when overclocked also becomes faster.
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